Camu-Camu Berry Powder
Most Vitamin C supplements contain the synthetic version (lab-manufactured) of Vitamin C, called ascorbic acid (usually made from corn). Contrary to what most people think, ascorbic acid is not a complete vitamin. It is only a part of Vitamin C, not the whole Vitamin C complex as found in whole food sources. (Source: <a href="http://www.naturalnews.com/040147_vitamin_C_ascorbic_acid_synthetic_vitamins.html">http://www.naturalnews.com/040147_vitamin_C_ascorbic_acid_synthetic_vitamins.html</a>). Whole food-source Vitamin C complex, or full spectrum Vitamin C, is made up of a myriad of nutrients including organic copper, rutin, bioflavonoids (vitamin P), enzymes and coenzymes, trace mineral activators, antioxidants, etc, which act synergistically with one another to maximize the absorption and health benefits of Vitamin C in the human body. Camu-Camu berry powder is one of Mother Nature’s most concentrated whole-food sources of Vitamin C complex. Needless to say, one will reap far greater health benefits by taking whole food sources of Vitamin C complex instead of just an isolated part of Vitamin C (ascorbic acid).
1 - 2 teaspoons (2 full teaspoons has approx. 400-500mg of full spectrum Vitamin C) a day for adults, depending on your daily requirement of Vitamin C (age, gender, lifestyle, condition etc.). It is best to take small amounts throughout the day instead of a full dose in one go. Consuming five (5) varied servings of fruits and vegetables (preferably raw) a day may provide about 200mg of Vitamin C. If you are unable to consume sufficient raw vegetables and fruit on a regular basis, taking Camu-Camu Berry Powder will be an ideal and convenient way to top up your daily Vitamin C requirement. Studies have suggested that vitamin C intake may have to be higher than 300 mg/day for a number of years before a protective effect on the eyes can be detected (for example, in prevention of cataracts) Those who require a higher Vitamin C intake are, for example, smokers, elderly people, those having flu, herpes/cold sores, or under stress, etc.
Excessive Vitamin C intake (for example more than 2000mg/day or more than 3-4 teaspoons of Camu-Camu Berry powder) may cause a laxative effect/diarrhea or kidney issues. Other precautions to taking large amounts of Vitamin C can be found here
There have been no reports of its interference with the effectiveness of any pharmaceutical drug
A well known researcher, Gary Null, places camu-camu berry as No.1 in effectiveness on a list of botanicals which are helpful for eye conditions like cataracts and glaucoma. b.Camu-camu berry powder is a natural, drug-free, non-toxic anti-depressant. It helps raise serotonin levels in the brain. Taken daily at a proper dosage, its effect on alleviating depression is fast and effective without side effects. c. Camu berry can help reduce incidence of migraines when combined with the removal of aspartame and MSG from the diet. (Source: <a href="http://www.naturalnews.com/Report_Camu_Camu_6.html">http://www.naturalnews.com/Report_Camu_Camu_6.html</a>)
You should consider these superfoods as different nutrient-dense whole foods with different sets of nutrients and antioxidants that will benefit your body in different ways. There are many, many types of antioxidants and no one superfood has them all. Variety, balance and moderation is key toward achieving proper nutrition - there’s no reason to focus on just one high-antioxidant superfood and ignore the rest. Your body needs an array of antioxidants. For example, Maqui Berry has an abundance of purple antioxidants called anthocyanins which are known for its strong anti-inflammatory & anti-cancer benefits; Maqui has more anthocyanins than Camu-Camu Berry. Camu-Camu Berry Powder, on the other hand, is the No. 1 superfood for full spectrum Vitamin C (Camu-Camu has higher Vitamin C content than Maqui Berry) and Vitamin C is another type of antioxidant that is particularly effective in boosting the immune system function.
Of course you can. Both berries are wholesome foods; you will be getting a wide variety of antioxidants by combining superfoods. Experiment with different recipes of superfoods for your family.